Military leader gives GSHS commencement speech

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – The beaches of Gulf Shores have been filled with celebrities lately and Monday night, May 19 Orange Beach saw a bit of star power as well.

Marine Corps Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia made an appearance as the commencement speaker for the Gulf Shores High School graduation. Battaglia serves as the enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Marine Corps Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia

In his position, Battaglia represents 2.4 million service men and women. He told FOX10 News he was honored to have the opportunity to represent them in Alabama.

His message to the graduates were the three C’s: character, communication and courage. He said in life, it’s important to know who you are, be able to communicate your ideas well, and have the courage to tackle whatever may come your way in life.

And, of course, never stop learning.

“Education doesn’t stop. Doesn’t matter what career path they take, education can continue to be a part of their portfolio. A part of their career. Just like you and I may go on to our own separate career paths, we can always be educated. Never too old to learn,” Battaglia said.

It’s something everyone can take to heart.

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